Policy Communication Fellowship 241 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) are inviting individuals from eligible developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs, to apply for the 2019-2020 Policy Communication Fellows Program, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The goals of the Policy Fellows program are to:

  • Understand the process by which research informs the policy environment;
  • Learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action; and
  • Improve participants’ communication skills.

The Policy Communication Fellows Program seeks to train the next generation of leaders shaping policy in their countries. Fellows will learn, firsthand, local advocacy priorities and policy landscapes and how to tailor their research messages to relevant policy audiences. Fellows are mentored throughout the program on different strategies to effectively communicate their findings to nontechnical audiences.

The year-long fellowship program has 3 components:

  • Online Coursework: fellows have to attend short online lectures and complete associated assignments to supplement the in-person training. They are expected to join 1 orientation webinar prior to the summer institute, as well as attend post-institute online lectures throughout the year.
  • Summer Institute: fellows will attend a week-long policy and communication workshop focused on the role of research in the policy process and techniques for effective communication of research findings to decision makers.
  • Policy Communication Assignments: during the 2019-2020 academic year, fellows will apply the skills learned at the workshop to prepare written assignments and an oral presentation for policy audiences, based on their dissertation research.


The program will cover travel, lodging, and per diem expenses to cover meals and incidental expenses for each fellow to attend the workshop. During the summer institute, fellows will stay in a hotel or dormitory very near to the workshop location. Fellows typically share rooms (2 per room).


Applicants must be individuals from the following eligible developing countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia. They must currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies.

They may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to 1 or more of the following:

  • Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH).
  • Contraceptive use/behavior.
  • Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration.
  • Population growth.
  • Adolescent reproductive health.
  • Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health.
  • Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence, early marriage, and male engagement in family planning.
  • Population, health, and environment interrelations.

Priority will be given to applicants whose dissertation research is focused on the topic areas noted above and who are in an early stage of their career. As the program is in English, applicants must be able to effectively communicate their research in English.


Applications are to be sent via email by 12 February 2019.

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